Statement About the Detention of Alexander Sodiqov

Since 16 June 2014, Alexander Sodiqov, a doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Toronto and a CUPE 3902 member, has been held in detention by security forces in Tajikistan. CUPE 3902 remains deeply concerned about the health and safety of our colleague Alexander.

Alexander was in Tajikistan conducting research on the topic of “Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia” under a contract with the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. The project is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

The detention of an academic researcher cuts to the core of the mission of university research: to produce and disseminate scholarly knowledge in an atmosphere of open expression and intellectual freedom. It is vital that all scholars have the ability to conduct research on civil society in all areas of the world. In conducting interviews in Khorog, it is our understanding that Alexander intended to further precisely these academic goals.

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Unit 1 Membership Meeting on August 20th at 5:00 pm (Hart House, Debates Room)

Our next Unit 1 meeting is taking place on Wednesday, August 20th at 5:00 pm in the Debates Room at Hart House.  The event is accessible and there will be refreshments.

As previously advertised in our Bargaining Bulletin #4, it will be a very important chance to receive updates on the current bargaining proposals and to hear about the work of our Local’s caucus and committees.

Click here to read the most updated version of our Bargaining Commitments.

Location: Hart House, Debates Room
7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
Time: August 20, 2014, 5:00-8:00 pm.

For more information, please write to Ryan Culpepper, Vice Chair Unit 1 and 2, at vc1@cupe3902.org